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Brower Home Power Hour: Formerly the CHERP Energy Wise Forum, Brower Mechanical has now recrafted the program to further promote the process of home energy optimization thru home energy audits, insulation, windows, solar and more. Continuing the relationship with the non-profit Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP)monthly seminars are designed to provide access to virtually free home energy assessments ($300+ value!)that can then lead to maximizing government and utility rebates and incentives to both reduce expense and increase home values. An incredibly informative show to help anyone considering solar or home energy upgrades make the best investment decision utilizing the small solar process by reducing before producing.

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Well, both your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small, fess up on their Valentines memory. And hop right back into the show to bring you information that is going to save you money. Listen up to... Read more
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Your hosts immediately get into reflection of a seminar they recently attended that was focused on home energy upgrades, solar and home energy efficiency. What took place and what occurred will... Read more

Radio Show Archive

October 15, 2017: How best to spend your home's "anyway" money wisely.

Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small know all too well from experience that too much can sometimes result in not enough. Take your HVAC for example. Just because your furnace is keeping the house warm, or your AC is keeping the house cool, having too much heating or cooling capacity could really be resulting in having not enough efficiency in the home. Some homes have had so many people repair or replace HVAC equipment that eventually, nobody really knows what's going on overall. That means it's really time to assess and evaluate your home's energy efficiency with a free clip board audit. Too many cooks in the kitchen usually results in a bad meal and the same can be said of too many techs in your home's heating and cooling systems. Consolidate! Just because you're going to be spending the money to heat or cool "anyway", doesn't mean you shouldn't put it to the most efficient work. What if you could replace aging home energy systems with no change in your overall monthly expense? You're going to spend that money "anyway", right? That's where the folk at Brower Mechanical come in. Make that monthly investment work harder for you and get you a positive result as opposed to just spending it "anyway".

Call the team at Brower Mechanical today. 916-624-0808 or visit them online at You're likely on-line "anyway"...

October 8, 2017: Key Energy moves to make now for the new season

You've had it with the old place. Drafty, damp and cold and your energy bills are through the roof. So move why don't ya? DON'T! You really don't have to. Listen as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small share the steps you can take to make your home the comfortable, efficient oasis it should be. Thru simple analysis like a Clip Board Audit, you can get your home back on track to meet the energy expectations you have, not what others think it should be. It's sure to save you money that would certainly have gone into the expense of a move and you'll get to enjoy the home as it was meant to be enjoyed. From rebates and a variety of savings options, to the possibility of solar and even a healthier living environment, Brower Mechanical will take you thru the various options available to you to be sure you're accomplishing the objectives you set. Don't enter the autumn season expecting high gas bills. Rest assured knowing you have a partner on your side to help you do what you need to do and the knowledge of how to take advantage of all the rebates and reductions in expense to make the investment a worthwhile one. Why wait?

Call Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or visit on-line at

October 1, 2017: Is your house "falling" into the season prepared?

Fall is upon us! Crisp mornings, beautiful days, and a chill in the air. It all means it's time to get your house in order for the change of seasons. No more A/C and into the heat. But even more importantly, is the consideration of solar. Don't wait until the last minute to act as you have to have your solar install complete to get the rebate in 2017. As a Brower Home Power Hour listener, you know the need to "reduce before you produce" your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small so aptly reinforce each week. The sting of those summer bills may be gone but don't make the mistake of waiting too long to act. Now is the time to put it all behind you, get the house ready and revitalized for the change of seasons (and changing thermostat!) and be sure to get your solar completed by years' end.

Get it done right and get your choice of a new water heater, whole house fan or variable speed pool pump by calling Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or visiting them on-line at

But hurry! Time is running out.

September 24, 2017: Leak and lose. It's your attics' fault.

Oh boy. Now you're beginning to see that leaks don't always refer to something in a pipe! Listen in as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small reflect on some of the more significant issues that occur in a home to cause it to burn those energy dollars. (Hint: it starts in the attic.) In addition, you'll hear why you may want to visit the Brower Mechanical Showroom/Exploratorium. It's been the topic now of several shows as it's that important to understand what it is you're really going to have installed in your home. Most importantly though, as you'll hear, is the significance of what happens in the attic. And when you visit the showroom, yup, there's a demonstration before and after attic there for you to see. There's so much more to the process than just adding solar to your roof and you can vet what you'll hear on the show by simply visiting the website of your utility service. Check out what SMUD and P,G & E have to say about getting the house right before, yes, before you consider solar. It really is that important as you're talking about thousands of dollars back in your pocket. As always, the guys at Brower are the trusted resource and you'll hear that from a very satisfied customer call in. What a show. Don't miss it. Take notes. It's that good.

For more information, call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or on-line at

You'll be glad you did.

September 17, 2017: How do these energy savings things work, anyway?

Going thru the process of reducing before producing and getting the house right before you do solar is a mainstay of both the show and your utility company. Don't take our word for it though, check it out for yourself. See what SMUD and P,G & E say about the proper process and steps to take before you go solar. Your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small really drill down on that process on today's show; All the way to actually suggesting you "experience" the equipment you may be using as you upgrade your home's energy system. That's right. Touch it, feel it, hear it run and do it's thing. There's nothing like the real deal and there's also nothing like being disappointed when you buy something that turns out to be different from what you expected. This is a big investment. Know what you're getting. Hear a whole house fan run. Listen and watch how the new variable speed pool pumps function. Touch and see the differences of various style solar panels. How? Visit the Brower Mechanical showroom/exploratorium. It's all part of helping you make a better decision on your investment and no, there are no salespeople there. Only home energy experts to answer your questions and help you make an informed decision to saving money on your utility bills. You wouldn't buy a new car without a test drive would you? 

For more information, call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or visit

September 10, 2017: Smoke is in the air. Is it in your home?

We're on fire. Literally. It's fire season and there are wildfires producing unhealthy breathing conditions across the state. Days on end of "Spare the Air" and don't go out after 3p if you can avoid it. But, what about the air in your home? Is it smokey too? The answer is some degree. Today's show really takes a look at how proper energy reduction in the home also cleans the air in the house as well. It becomes a healthier environment to live in as a result. How? Of course, that's what you'll listen to the show for as Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss the options, but one key element is the attic. Look up at your ceiling. See all those can lights, speakers, sprinklers and vents? They all leak air into the house from the outside. So you smell smoke? Now you know why! Unless your home has received the energy upgrades talked about in the show, it's likely you're leaking outside air into your home. Yes, that includes the smoke and dust too. Asthma could also be aggravated even by staying inside. And those expensive air filters from the big box stores, forget it. They're not going to do what you need them to do until you seal the leaks up first. There are so many benefits to getting your house sealed tight and operating right when it comes to home energy consumption that it behooves you to give the guys at Brower Mechanical a call. They'll do a free clip board audit and get you started on your way to a healthier home that's less expensive to run. Call 916-624-0808 today or visit on-line at Enjoy the show!

September 3, 2017: Is your home laboring to keep you comfortable?

Listen today as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss the value of efficiency in the operation of your home's energy systems. If you're thinking about solar, find out how you can actually use less panels and save money by having your home operating at peak efficiency. You can even get a built in reduction of energy consumption when you install solar with Brower as you'll have a choice of a variable speed pool pump, whole house fan or energy efficient water heater further reducing your need for solar panels! Solar is a misguided message from so many and the best way to evaluate the need for your situation is to really do a clip board audit or home energy assessment. And don't take our word for it. Check it out on your own utility websites. They clearly endorse reducing before producing. Get your home running at it's peak energy efficiency FIRST and then get your solar requirements put together. That's doing solar right and reducing the need for additional and expensive panels on your roof. Like your car, things need to be tuned up, running correctly and it needs to be done by professionals. Solar tax credit for 2017 is coming to an end so you have to act now if you want to get solar done in time. Don't put it off any longer. Call Brower Mechanical today. 916-624-0808 or on line at

August 27, 2017: Home Solar: The right way vs "a" way

Yes, there really is a right way to do solar and if you need a third party to convince you, check out your utility website. It's likely you'll see it there as well. Both SMUD and P,G&E have it posted right there for all the world to see. So, you ask, why don't the big solar guys do it that way? Because that's all they do is solar, silly! Listen to your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small as they walk thru the critical path of doing solar the right way. Not just "a" way. True to the suggestion of the utility company's, you can be sure that starting with an assessment is absolutely going to get you on the right path to solar. You'll even hear how solar could possibly heat your home in the winter how to take full advantage of all the rebates you would have coming when you do it right. Remember if you reduce before you produce, you'll save thousands on solar panels! To find out more about the RIGHT WAY to do solar, give the small solar experts at Brower Mechanical a call. 916-624-0808 or visit them on-line at

August 20, 2017: Please don't let this show offend you... it's really a prescription to health.

Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small got a bit creative with the show today in it's analogy to a healthy human. If your home is in need of triage, this is the show for you. From a healthy assessment of the vital signs to the need for surgical removal of the equipment robbing you of quality air for breathing, your home has as much heart as you do. Electricity is the life blood of any home and the more it wastes, the greater it's consumption. It becomes critical when the consumption is so excessive as to literally make you as sick as the house when you open that bill! The good news is there's a treatment for your ailing home and the first place to start is with the good home energy docs at Brower. Get that free clip board audit immediately before something bad happens. Check out your options at the Brower showroom before you decide on the proper procedures. Let Brower give you that second opinion on how to best solve your problems. It may not be what you've been told by those other quacks. Call Brower today at 916-624-0808 or visit them on-line at

Congratulations! You can breathe easier now. It's going to be all right.

August 13, 2017: Simple steps to insure a smaller utility bill than mortgage payment!

Start out with this thought...How many times have you seen the house with so many solar panels on the roof you would think it was an industrial factory? Don't be that house! Listen to your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small to see how you can be sure you're not that house. Start with the Clip Board Audit. That alone could save you enough on solar panel reduction to buy a new car! It's that important to get the whole house right, not just doing solar. You'll hear from a customer who had several neighbors refer him to Brower. What better way to review that mortgage payment and be sure your utility bills aren't outpacing the mortgage? It's happening in many areas and there's a simple solution. Call Brower Mechanical today. 916-624-0808
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